Eden Hazard dribbled past an opposition player in his own box during Malmo v Chelsea

Eden Hazard dribbled past a player in his own box v Malmo

Unlike Arsenal, Chelsea came through the first leg of their Europa League last 32 tie.

The Blues travelled to Sweden to face Malmo, eventually running out 2-1 winners.

Ross Barkley gave the English side the lead after poking home a cross from Pedro.

Olivier Giroud then doubled Chelsea's advantage 13 minutes after the break, converting from short range after good work from Barkley and Willian.

However, Malmo would score late on to ensure the tie is not over just yet.

As always with Europa League games, Maurizio Sarri decided to rest the club's stars, choosing to start with the club's fringe players instead.

Eden Hazard, the club's best player, made a surprise cameo late on in the game.

With Chelsea 2-0 up and cruising, Sarri decided to send the Belgian winger on with 19 minutes to go.

The 27-year-old looked lively during his short time on the pitch as he contributed both in defence and attack.

Eden Hazard came off the bench against Malmo

One moment in particular caught the eye.

Just minutes after coming on, Hazard tracked back and won the ball in his own box.

Instead of clearing the ball, as any defender would have done, the Belgian winger decided to face up his man and take him on.

He then showed quick feet as he beat his man, before dribbling the ball out of danger.

Risky stuff. It could have gone horribly wrong for Hazard had he lost the ball.

It does show how much confidence he has in his ability, though.

Sarri was content with his side's performance as they ended their six-game winless streak away from home.

"I am happy because we played with a very good level of confidence," Sarri said, per the Daily Mail. "It wasn't really very easy after the last match. But, today, we were confident because we moved the ball also inside our box.

"We need to think we have to gain qualification in the next match at Stamford Bridge. We have to play because they are really very compact, very solid."

Maurizio Sarri was content with his side's performance v Malmo

He was unhappy with the goal that Chelsea conceded, though.

"If we concede a goal like this to a team like Manchester City or United or Tottenham, then you risk conceding three goals in 10 minutes," he added. "So we have to do better, I think.

"We need to have continuity and consistency, I think, in the mental condition to be able to approach every match with the same level of application, determination and attention.

"You know very well that, if you are in bad mental condition in England, in 10 days you can lose three or four very important matches.

"So we need consistency. We have to approach every match in the same way. It's not easy, but we have to try."

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